2020 WIHS Honor & Service Award Recipient
The 2020 Washington International Horse Show Honor & Service Award, sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation, was awarded to Mystery from the SOUL Harbour Ranch in Barrington, IL. Mystery is a nine-year old gray and silver dapple miniature horse that stands at just 26 inches tall. Despite her small stature, the impact she has had serving those in her community is quite large.
She became a registered team member with Pet Partners in May of 2013 and has completed testing with over 20 handlers since then. Mystery and her handlers have visited hundreds of places including hospitals, schools, hospice, community events and libraries, spreading comfort, joy, and solace wherever she goes.
"We are so very honored and so thankful to our volunteer Anne Arroyo for nominating Mystery. We can't think of a more deserving little horse. She is truly priceless," said Jodie Diegel RN, MBA, Founder/President, SOUL Harbour Ranch. "What makes Mystery truly exceptional is her willingness to trust in her handlers and handle various environments, even new, without hesitation."
Mystery has had life-changing impact on the many children and adults she serves and helps the SOUL Harbour Ranch achieve their mission of enriching lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence.
The WIHS Honor and Service Award was created in 2013 following the induction of Klinger into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame
in 2013. Klinger, a member of the Caisson platoon of the 3d United States Infantry (The Old Guard), was the inspiration for the award and its first recipient. The Honor & Service Award recognizes a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger. Mystery was recognized at the Washington International Horse Show, which is being held October 21-25, 2020 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.
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